1960 was the year the birth control pill was approved to be sold as birth control. There were women using the pill prior to 1960 as treatment for menstrual disorders, but as birth control, the pill was new. This new pill was Envoid, manufactured by Searle Pharmacies. Other brands would quickly follow and huge numbers of women would quickly begin using the pill as a pregnancy preventative.
Up until 1960 birth control was primarily the diaphragm or the rhythm method. Birth control was still frowned upon in many areas and it was still a crime to use birth control in Connecticut.
The idea of taking a pill to prevent pregnancy was revolutionary. But it still wasn't available universally, and it especially wasn't available to teenage girls. My girl friends and I talked about the day when we would finally be able to take the pill, but it was sometime in the future. For us, even a diaphragm was nearly impossible. To get any birth control a girl needed to be married, especially in the South. So, for a teenage girl, abstinence was the answer. Lack of birth control was the primary reason I just didn't have sex.
I dated often and had many boy friends. I was still seeing the older guy, John. He would pick me up at a bus stop near my home and we would go into Memphis. We usually had lunch together, he would usually tell me about some sexual ritual he had witnessed in some remote place, and he would always remind me that if we ever became separated where we were supposed to meet one another. I only saw John during the day. I would tell him he couldn't come to my home because my parents wouldn't approve of him because he was so much older than I. I really wasn't physically attracted to him, and just saw him to talk. He listened to me. I think he was falling for me. But I had no desire to have sex with him and I wasn't in love with him.
There were other guys I dated, some I liked. But at that time, I really had no desire to sleep with any of the guys I was dating. So abstinence was fine with me, at least for that time.